Last January, my neighbors were throwing out this sleigh. At the time, I didn't know what I would do with it but I couldn't let it end up in the trash. But a lot of things have changed this year, and this holiday season I came up with a festive use for this sweet ride.
Rescued Sleigh Turns Into a Ride Fit For Santa
I've been a member of Hometalk for a number of years, and I've been in awe of the things that people had found on the side of the road and turned into newly transformed gems. I always wondered how they were so lucky to find these items in the trash?
Then last January, shortly after Christmas, I saw this sleigh out in my neighbor's trash. It was raining that day, and hard to tell the condition of the sleigh. I didn't really have any need for the sleigh and figured that it was probably out in the trash for a reason. But as I passed it on my walk, I thought I might as well take it home and see if I could do something with it.
When I got it home, it was obvious that the wreaths on the two sides were beat up. But nothing appeared to be broken on the sleigh itself and miraculously, the lights still worked!
Between last January and now I had a few ideas about how I might use the sleigh, but mainly it slipped from my mind. Then around October, it became clear that with COVID-19 raging, we probably wouldn't be traveling to see family for Christmas as we normally do. This was (and is) disappointing, but I realized I could do more holiday decorating then we normally do since we'd be home for Christmas.
In getting out our fall decorations, I saw this sleigh again where I had stored it last January. So I started to make some plans for using it this Christmas. First step, I removed and cleaned up the wreaths that were on the sides of the sleigh. I was able to remove the old melted berries, reshaped the wreaths, and add new berries. Now all they need were cheery red bows!
Next I started searching on ebay for a Santa doll. This sleigh is probably bigger than it looks in the photos (about 24 inches from the curve of the runners in front to the back), so it was hard to know what size doll would fit properly. I finally settled on this cheery fellow in his bright red suit. Turns out, he was a perfect fit!
I was hoping I could use these stuffed trees I had made for a previous project in the back of my Santa sleigh.
And I knew I wanted to add some wrapped presents and toys to the sleigh. I was able to find this little stuffed bear on ebay. All I needed to add was a bow around his neck.
I put the stuffed trees in the very back of the sleigh, then added the wrapped packages and bear.
I put one of the wreaths on the front of the sleigh and placed a toy sack on my Santa's lap.
Right now, this Santa sleigh is positioned next to our tree. I don't plan to use the lights, but I haven't removed them yet either.
I haven't decided whether I'll paint this sleigh, or if I'll rearrange the items in the back. But for now, I think my Santa sleigh looks right at home. Hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season!